“Junebug” is a movie that is hard to forget. Stellar performances, unforgettable charcaters, and emotional story lines make a for a film that sticks with you. The movie follows Madeleine (Embeth Davidtz), a sophisticated Chicagoan who owns a gallery devoted to “outsider art,” as she travels south in an effort to woo an eccentric painter (Frank Hoyt Taylor) to her gallery. She brings along her husband, George (Alessandro Nivola), a native of the area, who seizes the opportunity to introduce his wife to his family. Peg (Celia Weston), George’s mother, gives Madeleine a rather chilly greeting, while his father, Eugene (Scott Wilson), is a bit more welcoming, in his quiet way. George’s younger brother, Johnny (Ben McKenzie), is still living at home with his very pregnant wife, Ashley (Amy Adams), who is immediately smitten with her “new sister.” While the plot is fairly simple, we can give you five good reasons to watch “Junebug” at 10:30 a.m. ET:
1. Amy Adams
While Amy Adams is now an A-list celebrity with top billing in movies like “Enchanted,” “The Fighter,” and “The Muppets,” when she was cast as the very pregnant Ashley, she was relatively unknown. Her heart-wrenching performance as a naive young wife stole the movie and she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In this film, Adams showed an undeniable star quality that Hollywood soon tapped into.
2. Ben McKenzie
McKenzie was a teen heartthrob for his role on “The OC,” but this role as Adams knucklehead husband with a heart helped prove he was much more than a pretty face. After his understated yet powerful portrayal of Johnny, McKenzie went on to star in the acclaimed cop drama “Southland.”
3. Embeth Davidtz
While some of us may recognize Davidtz from a little movie called “Army of Darkness,” or perhaps as Mary Crawford in “Mansfield Park,” Davidtz really comes into her own as a worldly and sophisticated art dealer dropped into the world of her husband’s home town and in-laws.
4. Will Oldham
The singer also known as Palace, Palace Songs, Bonnie Prince Billy and more earns an acting merit badge for his small role in this film. The performer is known for his strange, awkward and detached concerts, which translates perfectly into this role. Here he is performing live in Copenhagen:
5. Yo La Tengo
New Jersey’s finest critical darling of a band provide much of the soundtrack to “Junebug.” The group’s dreamy songs add a layer of soothing sounds to even the most emotionally challenging scenes.
“Junebug” airs on IFC at 10:30 a.m. ET